SAN JOSE BARRACUDA (10-9-4-2) vs TEXAS STARS (12-13-2-0)
FRI., APRIL 16 | 6:00 P.M. | SAP Center at San Jose | San Jose, CA
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Texas Two-Step: The Barracuda and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) face off for the fourth time this week on Saturday and the sixth and final time on the season series. After a 5-3 win on Friday, the Barracuda are now 12-6-1-2 lifetime against the Stars and are 8-2-0-1 in San Jose.
Shining Stars: Stars forwards Adam Mascherin (15+14=29) and Riley Damiani (7+19=26) rank tied for second and tied for sixth respectively in the AHL in scoring entering Wednesday. Mascherin picked up a pair of goals and added an assist in the Stars win on Tuesday and now sits only two goals shy of Cooper Marody for the AHL’s lead in goals. Damiani’s 19 helpers is third in the league. Among rookies, Damiani is first in points and assists and Stars first-round pick in 2019 Thomas Harley is tied for third in points among defensemen (5+10=15), tied for first in minors (12), and fourth in shots (52).
Sizzling Sash: Barracuda forward Sasha Chmelevski extended his point streak to five games (3+4=7) on Friday with an assist and now has points in six of his last seven games.
First Times the Charm: Rookie forward Steenn Pasichnuk netted his first pro goal on Friday in just his third AHL game. Pasichnuk also had a team-high three minors. In addition, Pasichnuk’s center-ice man Zach Gallant collected his first two AHL assists in the win.
Great Danes: Alex True (1+4=5) and Joachim Blichfeld (1+4=5) each extended their point streaks to four games on Friday as True netted the team’s empty-netter and Blichfeld assisted on it. True ranks first on the team with 11 assists while Blichfeld leads the club in points (20) and goals (11). Blichfeld also leads the AHL in shots (101).
Trade Winds: The Sharks were wheeling and dealing before the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday, as the organization stockpiled draft capital and added a pair of players. Notable departures were forward Antti Suomela who was traded to Toronto for Alex Barabanov, Stefan Noeson who was also traded to Toronto in a separate deal, and Nick DeSimone who was sent to Vegas. The Sharks also traded Fredrik Claesson to the Lightning for goalie prospect Magnus Chrona. DeSimone ranks fourth in Barracuda history in games played (190), points (91), and assists (65).